BCF Celebrates Vibrant Arts Scene with Sprinkling of "Confetti Grants"
(Baltimore, MD, 12/29/09)
The Baltimore Community Foundation recently announced $30,400 in small grants to 15 arts organizations in Baltimore City. The “confetti grants” of $2,000 each were awarded to local arts groups that, though small, have made significant contributions to Baltimore’s vibrant arts and cultural scene in 2009.
“These grants represent BCF’s excitement about the role of the arts in helping Baltimore support a growing economy where all have the opportunity to thrive,” noted BCF President and CEO Tom Wilcox. “Many American cities have rebounded on the strength of a dynamic, emerging arts scene, and BCF is proud to celebrate and encourage the young and emerging arts professionals whose entrepreneurial and transformative work is an important asset to Baltimore.”
The $2,000 “confetti grants” were awarded not only to celebrate the small arts groups that have helped enrich Baltimore’s exciting arts and cultural scene, but also to encourage these artists to continue to share their creative work with each other and attract new artists and audiences to their performances and exhibitions. The innovative, quirky, and inspired work supported by the grants includes musical performances, nonprofit theater productions, speaker series, art galleries, and exhibition and performance spaces. Applications for the grants were not solicited.
BCF’s 2009 “Confetti grant” recipients include:
American Opera Theater - $2,000
The AOT specializes in presenting innovative and challenging productions of forgotten works, as well as in redefining traditional favorites through a contemporary musical and visual aesthetic.
American Studio Orchestra - $2,000
The ASO works to redefine the orchestra experience for its audiences by performing all types of music and incorporating a wide range of media into its performances, including the work of musicians, composers, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, dancers, painters, and videographers.
Annex Theatre - $2,000
This DIY nonprofit theatre located in a warehouse space in Greenmount West presents a host of plays, some produced and directed by its own ensemble and others by groups such as The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City, and Bedlam Theatre.
Area 405 - $2,000
Area 405 produces, presents, and promotes arts and cultural programming of artists from Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic. Located in an artist-owned live/work warehouse space in Station North, the venue offers lectures, screenings, artist talks, as well as the occasional dance and musical venture.
Design Conversations - $2,000 A monthly series of conversations arranged loosely around a topic for people interested in discussing design and architecture in Baltimore. Floristree - $2,000 This active performance space in the H & H Building in downtown Baltimore offers a venue primarily for music, but also for the occasional theatrical production.
Gallery Four - $2,000
Located in the H & H Building downtown, this gallery presents visual artists from Baltimore and beyond, generally in group exhibitions arranged by theme.
The Hexagon - $2,000
A volunteer-run art and performance space located in Station North, the Hexagon features performances by Baltimore bands and well as works by visual artists.
Ignite Baltimore - $2,000 At every Ignite event, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities take the stage to answer this challenge: “5 minutes, 20 slides. What would you say?” Ignite’s goal is to spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.
Metro Gallery - $2,000
A multi-use space located across the street from the Charles Theater, the gallery’s self-described portfolio offers “Art/Film/Music/Bar,” often all at once.
Mobtown Modern - $2,000
In partnership with the Contemporary Museum, Mobtown Modern creates a new type of listening experience for composed music by integrating classical instruments, DJ-style electronics, strong visual elements, and a lounge environment into each performance.
Nudashank - $2,000
A new independent, artist-run gallery space that showcases young artists from around the region and provides a venue for national and international artwork.
Single Carrot Theatre - $2,000 A small, off-beat, nonprofit theater company that performs at Load of Fun Studios in Station North.
Ric Royer - $2,000
A performance curator who presents visual arts, music, theater, readings and occasionally meditation or other group activities.
2010 Second Saturdays Series - $2,400
Station North’s monthly series of free events serves to heighten awareness, interaction, and appreciation among Baltimore's art and music communities and promote the Station North district as a cultural destination.